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Using Vista boot loader instead of GRUB

OK, so I had Windows Vista on a drive, and then installed Ubuntu Jaunty on another drive. When I did that, grub took over. I had many problems the first time and grub wouldn't load, it gave me an error 15. I fixed it with SuperGrub, but it broke my RAID (which didn't have any OS). I eventually got everything fixed up, and grub was working great.

Anyway, what happened now is I installed Windows 7 and got rid of Vista. When I did that, I guess Windows wrote over the MBR with its own bootloader and so I'm not able to boot into linux anymore. So, to be honest I couldn't care less about grub, and I don't want to run into the trouble of breaking my RAID again (actually I tried to install grub and this time got an error 17 so I used the Windows 7 CD to fix the MBR).

Now here is my question (sorry for that long intro haha), is it possible to get a grub-like interface when booting up so that I can choose whether to boot into Windows or Ubuntu? If so, how?

Basically, you know when you get to choose whether to boot into safe-mode etc... I want that but with Ubuntu as an option. Even if thats not possible, could you explain how to boot into Linux without installing grub?

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marked as duplicate by John T, quack quixote, Diago Feb 10 '10 at 7:46

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duplicate: superuser.com/questions/96590/… –  quack quixote Feb 9 '10 at 23:56
    
hmmm true, should i delete it? the question has its differences though (multiple harddisks, windows 7, grub-like interface), but yeah the answer is the same. –  GiH Feb 10 '10 at 0:10
    
no, don't delete it. this one will be closed so no more answers can be added, but will be left for the benefit of other readers. –  quack quixote Feb 10 '10 at 0:15
    
In future, please review all the duplicates listed during the Ask the Question stage before asking a question. Duplicate questions will be closed. –  Diago Feb 10 '10 at 7:45
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I would suggest downloading EasyBCD. It makes editing the Windows Vista/7 bootload much easier by exposing it in a GUI. It supports adding a Linux OS into the bootloader as well as older Windows versions.

Additionally you can used the command line tool bcdedit.exe, but EasyBCD is much easier IMHO.

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In future please confirm a question is not a duplicate before answering. Duplicate questions should be closed. Providing answers to these questions encourages new users to do the same instead of flagging questions to be closed. –  Diago Feb 10 '10 at 7:46
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It's possible, EasyBCD should be able to handle it as already mentioned. For future reference, if you install inside Windows via Wubi, this is the default behavior. The Ubuntu option will be added to the Windows bootloader:

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